United by a common objective – excellence!
Philippe Austruy, the owner of several estates in France and elsewhere, including the Château Malescasse in the Haut-Médoc, the Quinta da Côrte in the Douro and the Case Nuove in Tuscany, acquired the Commanderie de Peyrassol in 2001, determined to restore its centuries-old reputation. Today that mission has been accomplished: the domaine, managed by his nephew Alban Cacaret, is one of the crown jewels of Provence. To oversee operations, he assembled the best experts and a competent team.
Managing director of the Commanderie de Peyrassol
After taking a degree in pharmacy Alban Cacaret, the nephew of Philippe Austruy, made a radical change of direction. He arrived at the Château Peyrassol in 2002, where he faced the task of overseeing a huge work site: everything needed renovating, from the buildings to the vines. While overseeing this renovation work he also took a baccalauréat in viticulture and oenology to familiarise himself with the basics. The rest he would learn over the following years, with the solid support of the domaine team. He now knows the Commanderie de Peyrassol inside out and for the last 10 years has taken a methodical and sensitive approach to running the business.
After facilities management studies, Fouad came back to what he always knew and loved, vines. His parents were workers in a vineyard in Var. He made most of hir career as production manager at Château Verez, nice property belonging to Rosinoer family (Chanel). He joined Peyrassol’s team in 2018 as vineyard manager.
Hermine de Clermont-Tonnerre
Daughter of winemaker from the Val de Loire, she spent three years working in the cellar of Champagne Gosset. She’s now in charge of all of Peyrassol’s wines. Working along with oenologists Pierre Guérin and Stéphane Derenoncourt, she’s the keeper of the quality of red, white and rosés wines of Peyrassol.
Winemaker rosé and white wines
The Commanderie de Peyrassol secured the services of Pierre Guérin to oversee the preparation and blending of its rosé and white wines. An expert in biodynamic agriculture, this oenologist from the Cabinet d’Agronomie Provençale is one of the top experts in the wines and terroirs of the Var.
Winemaker red wines
Since 2013 the Commanderie de Peyrassol has entrusted the preparation of its red wines to Derenoncourt Consultants. Working in close collaboration with all the other specialists in the domaine, his mission is to develop our working methods and to optimise them with the aim of refining the character of the different red wine terroirs. The aim? To make the domaine the undisputed benchmark for red wines throughout Provence.
Aynard de Clermont-Tonnerre
After economics studies, he worked for 15 years on financial markets, before going back to his roots, wine growing and selling. Since 2005, he sells wines and liquors all across the world. He joined Vignobles Austruy’s team in 2018 as export manager. He has a true passion for all kind of wines and loves to share it with his customers and the people he met.
France Sales Director
After business studies at IDRAC, Lyon, he founded a company for wine cellar, delicatessen and ‘primeur’, which he ran for 5 ans.
He joined Château Sainte Roseline, as sales and export director for 10 years. He became then sales director for Château Les Valentines (La Londe) for one year, before joining Peyrassol and Vignobles Austruy at the beginning of 2018.